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Whether you've never sewn before or it's been a long time since you last touched your sewing machine, this class will provide you with what you need to get started with sewing.

In this class we will go over the basic skills and techniques to help you get comfortable with using your sewing machine. The project you'll make at the end of the class is a simple pin cushion. In the live, instructor-led class, I want to spend as much time as necessary with you to grasp the techniques and address your questions, and we may not always have enough time to also complete the project.

What You'll Learn

I'll show you the essentials to get started with using your sewing machine and basic techniques, including:

  • The general parts and functions of a sewing machine
  • How to thread a sewing machine
  • How to wind and load a bobbin
  • Controlling the speed of a sewing machine
  • Backstiching and pivoting
  • Common sewing terminology
  • Tools to include in your sewing kit



This class is for the absolute beginner with no experience or someone who wants a refresher on the tools or techniques shown in this class.

Tools & Supplies

You will need:

Learning Options

Select from recorded video and live options for this class.

Click to expand and learn more about each option.

Recorded On-demand Video

Enroll in this class to watch a recorded video online anytime you want and learn at your own pace.

How it works
  1. Submit the order form to enroll.
  2. After completing the order to enroll you'll receive access to the class video. If this is your first enrollment in a recorded class you'll also receive an email to set up your account. Your account grants you access to the recorded class that you have paid to enroll in. Please check your spam and junk folders if you don't see the email in your inbox.

Where can I watch the class videos?
An internet connection is required to access your account and watch the class videos. Watch them on your computer or mobile device when you want and return to pick up where you left off.

What is your refund policy?
I strive to create high-quality content and want you to be happy with your purchase, but due to the nature of videos and digital files refunds are not available.

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Live Instructor-led

Learn from me in a live lesson where I'll personally guide you.

Private Class

Live, instructor-led private sewing class scheduled at a time that is best for you.

Number of Students
See discounted price for multiple students

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Public Class

To provide a personalized experience and accommodate busy schedules I primarily teach private sewing classes and this class does not currently have any public dates available, but you can request it as a private sewing class.
See registration details below.

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2 hours
One, 2-hour session


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Instructor-led Private Classes/Lessons

Discounts are available when you sign-up multiple people for private classes or personalized lessons so get friends or family members together too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.

Online Sewing Classes

Not sure if online learning is right for you?

Choose from options for live, instructor-led sewing lessons over video chat or some recorded classes that are available to watch on-demand when you want.

Live Instructor-led

I developed a unique virtual learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person. I make the same project along with you, answer your questions, and show you the actions from multiple cameras as I personally guide you step by step.

Recorded On-demand Video

Some classes are available to enroll in to watch online and learn at your own pace. The techniques and projects shown are similar to the live classes. Follow along from your computer or mobile device when you want and return to pick up where you left off.

Learn more about my online learning options or register below for live, instructor led.

About the Instructor

Vanessa has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years and offers beginner to advanced sewing lessons to students locally and virtually across the country. She's also an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College and is a member of the Fashion Design Advisory Committee. Previously, Vanessa was an instructor at The Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom sewing and product development projects for fashion, wearable tech, decor, accessories and soft goods that keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has detailed knowledge of a wide range of sewing machines that enables her to personalize sewing lessons for the types of machines students are using.


New registrations for instructor-led classes are temporarily closed
Thanks for your interest in taking sewing classes with me! Due to extremely high demand I am currently not available to take on more students. When open spots become available I will re-open registration. If you would like to be notified when registration is available please subscribe to the Ronkita Design newsletter below.

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Recorded On-demand Video

This class is available as a recorded, on-demand video that you can watch online anytime you want and learn at your own pace.
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